Robin Roberts, Pikes Peak National Bank

A community’s small businesses represent a key piece of its economic foundation. That’s why Robin Roberts devotes so much of her time to stewarding the health of Colorado Springs’ small businesses.

And she believes those small economic drivers need support like never before.

“People say the recession is over, but the picture still isn’t rosy, especially for small businesses,” Roberts said. “That’s why I’m spending a lot of my time counseling our small-business customers, trying to help them deal with their situations.”

She came to her current profession after a military stint. A native of southern California, she found herself in Fort Bragg, N.C., fresh out of a 6-year-plus Army tour and looking for work. She was hired by a bank.

“The military prepared me very well for my current professional career,” she said.

She moved to the Springs and landed a loan officer job with PPNB.

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Promotion followed promotion until she found herself in the executive suite. The recession proved extremely stressful for the president of the small-business-focused institution. But under her leadership, PPNB survived and now is rebuilding.

Her small-business advocacy includes volunteering with the UCCS Small Business Development Center, serving with Pikes Peak Venture Group, sitting on the board of the Regional Entrepreneurial Alliance and hosting a small-business-focused radio show on KVOR.